With ten matches done and dusted, six current and former Proteas Women players are playing for team pride in the ninth season of Australia’s popular women’s T20 professional competition currently underway across Australia.
South African big hitter Chloe Tryon is in top form with 238-runs for the Sydney Sixers, having already has thumped eight sixes over the ropes, and after having also taken 9 wickets as the business end of WBBL09 approaches, the talented all-rounder matching compatriot Shabnim Ismail, currently also on 9 wickets for Hobart Hurricanes.
Ismail is one of cricket’s most feared-fast bowlers in the women’s game, and her best figures have been 3/34 in the game against Melbourne Stars, and with the end of the tournament in sight, Ismail will be hoping to strike fear in her opponents and gain more wickets to close off the WBBL9 season in style.
Mighty Striker Mignon
Mignon du Preez has most certainly brought the heat for Brisbane Heat with 249-runs to her name – the leading contribution by an SA player to date, including two half-centuries in the tournament, with her highest score of 61 against Sydney Thunder. Brisbane is currently number three on the log, with net run-rate separating them from the second-placed Adelaide Strikers.
Du Preez will be hoping to break into the top 10 of top run-scorers as the Heat keep their eye on the prize, winning WBBL09.
Currently sitting on 210 runs in the series, Hobart Hurricanes batter Lizelle Lee is not far behind Du Preez and Tryon, and having smashed a whopping nine tournament sixes so far, is ranked fifth by the most sixes by a player in WBBL09. Lee played a special innings of 91 in their match against Sydney Thunder on 30 October, and has also accumulated 5 wickets as keeper dismissals, for the Hurricanes.
All-rounder Marizanne Kapp has picked up 6 wickets and scored 26 runs for Sydney Thunder so far, and while the best of Kapp may still be ahead this season, she has an understudy in the form of Hannah Darlington, who has expressed her eagerness to learn as much as she can from the South African superstar.
Having played 10-matches for the Adelaide Strikers, top SA batter Laura Wolvaardt has amassed 204 runs for her team, and shares the highest opening partnership of 135 runs with Katie Mack, an innings that propelled the Strikers to a six-wicket win over Sydney Thunder, placing them within 2 points of log leaders, Perth Scorchers.
With the business end of the tournament fast approaching, South Africa has three cricketers in teams that are placed third and fourth, and another three in teams that are fifth and sixth on the log.
It is all or nothing now, friends have become foes as they fight for the ultimate glory on 2 December, when the Weber Women’s Big Bash League champions will be lifting this season’s cup.
Main Photo Caption: With a mountain of runs and matching the feared Shabnim Ismail on wickets to date, South African all-rounder Chloe Tryon must one of this season’s most valuable SA cricketers playing their hearts out in the 2023 edition of the WBBL, churning out their best across the ovals of Australia in hot pursuit of glory in T20’s richest Southern-hemisphere tournament. Photo: Chloe Tryon on Instagram
Photo 2 Caption: Mignon du Preez has compiled the most runs to date by a South African foreign-signed player in this season’s WBBL for the third-ranked Brisbane Heat, with 249-runs to her name, including two half-centuries in the tournament, with her highest score of 61 against Sydney Thunder. Photo: Mignon du Preez on Instagram
Photo 3 Caption: For the Adelaide Strikers, top SA batter Laura Wolvaardt has amassed 204 runs for her team, and shares the highest opening partnership of 135 runs with Katie Mack. Photo: Laura Wolvaardt on X